Lifefood Gourmet's Chef John Schott Talks Vortex Water and Raw Veg Delights
|Photo by Ben Guzman|
|Lifefood Platter, ($12) zucchini rolls surround a paintbox of colorful veggies and sauces.|
The menu, while on the pricey side, offers a complete raw vegan dining experience. The shop is small but has high ceilings and a windowed wall, which makes the room open up. We took a seat at one of the high-top tables with Lifefood Gourmet's Chef John Schott and got to work.
New Times: I see more than half the menu is made up of drinkable items. Can you tell me about your teas, like the gingerade.
Chef John Schott: Our teas contain nothing artificial, nothing processed, everything we make here is from scratch. The Ginger in the Gingerade is a powerful antioxidant and there is a lot of vitamin C from the whole lemons we use. It's also full of electrolytes, a little bit of wildflower raw honey, and sun dried Celtic living salt.
For those who haven't studied nutrition, could you give us a play by play on what electrolytes do?
Electrolytes basically give you your energy. They are the negative ions that the body needs to actually perform its duties. It nourishes the adrenal glands which makes your cortisol and adrenaline and all the hormones that are actually the ones that drive your whole body.
You seem like you know a lot about this. Did you study nutrition?
I'm actually self taught. I learned all of this on my own. I'm very passionate about healthy living, so I found this nice vehicle to continue doing that.
Tell me about your smoothies. Then we'd really like to hear about the NYC "Cheese" pizza.
The smoothies are a big part of my menu. We do a couple of things with them. The first is putting a lot of nutrient-dense elements into the smoothies, so some of our smoothies are actually a meal in and of themselves.
Our super shakes have a ton of nutrients, including raw chocolate which is rich in antioxidants, and spirulina which is a blue green algae which is unbelievably packed with chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. All the bases for our smoothies contain something we call "wild milk" made from wild brazil nut milk, which we make in house by blending brazil nuts to make into a butter, then we add the vortex pristine hydro water to create the wild milk.
Vortex pristine hydro water? That sounds like something out of this world.
It basically creates a system that mimics nature's living water source. Laboratory grade water (or hungry water) is stripped of electrolytes and will steal nutrients and minerals from your body. What we do is re-mineralize that water by adding magnesium bicarbonate solution, which makes it a healing water. We give it structure by doing a double vortex. This water will actually hydrate you instead of stripping your body of what it needs.
Wow, this is thorough.
(Laughs) You know, everything that flows in nature, flows in a vortex spiral-like pattern. Water that has this pattern is structured, and you can test the antioxidant level of different waters. Then finally, we run it through quartz crystals to imprint something back from the earth, since water holds memory.
Wait, water holds memory?
That sounds a little bit more esoteric, but there have been studies in Japan, like the study of,"The Hidden Messages in Water." [Masaru Emoto] took crystal pictures of water at different stages. He iced them and took micro photos. He took one that had a message of hatred-
Did it look jagged?
No, not even. It looked like the crystal exploded. Like an atomic bomb.
Woah. And these are still photographs of water crystals right? Not him tampering with them?
No, they were stills with macro lenses. We know it's more of an esoteric thing, but I don't lose anything by running it through the lodestone and quartz crystals. It re-mineralizes the water, and makes it better for you.
It's really interesting that you guys not only offer the raw vegan food, but also the supplies to make it at home too. You have a two bookcases full of spices and ingredients, and even sustainable items.
Yes, we do that because we like to educate a lot. Right now, I'm the only one who teaches and it's private classes, but we are going to get more into education and reading materials.
Tell me about the NYC Pizza?
The dough is made from flax seed, coconut flour, olive oil, vegetables and herbs. We did this because we saw many kids who couldn't eat glutton. This pizza is glutton free, and it's a healthy pizza for the kids. We then layer it with sun-dried tomato sauce, and add fresh tomatoes and top it with the cheese spread. It's made from pumpkin seeds, Irish Moss (a type of seaweed), and seasonings.
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